PONTOON BEACH, IL (KPLR) - On Tuesday dozens of people from Pontoon Beach met at the village hall to discuss how they plan to move forward after they say a retention pond built and ran by Granite City created overflow from recent flooding that damaged nearby homes. Some say the issue is the design of a new emergency access road built near Breckenridge and Lake Drive. Homeowner Steven Bailey says they need a new flood plan, it's an issue that`s been knocking at his front door. Village engineers say a nearby lake known as Long Lake could not take in record flood waters and simply backed up.
FOX 2 spoke Granite City officials who say the 7 acre 8 foot deep retention pond did its job in holding the water, but the excessive rains were too much to handle. The village is working with engineers to find a solution but say it will take more time and planning before any changes can be made.